Crime In Stereo Writing New Music, Announce Upcoming Benefit Show

Crime in stereo

Crime in Stereo has made a habit of producing consistently kick-ass music that draws from a variety of different genres and often defies classification. Crime in Stereo Is Dead first got me into the Long Island-based quintet back in high school, and to this day, that album still makes me dance like an idiot in my car. Nevertheless, as the outfit hadn’t produced any new material since 2010’s I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone, each subsequent listen of “Third Atlantic” was admittedly a little bittersweet.

That was, until today.

I am pleased to report that, earlier this morning, Crime in Stereo posted a lengthy Facebook message detailing their plans for the future. You can view said message in full after the break.

After “half-heartedly” apologizing for a recent lack of updates, the band announced they are writing new music, which will be released “soon,” and also plan to tour extensively in the future.

The group also went on to announce an “unplugged” benefit show for their longtime friend and fan, Mitchell Kraeling, who recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. The performance itself is set to take place February 9 at the 89 North Music Venue on Long Island with the support of Vinnie Caruana and Hostage Calm. The band was adamant that this would not be an entirely “acoustic” set, but rather “a very stripped down, intimate performance.” All proceeds will be going to Mr. Kraelings family.

Only time will tell if Crime in Stereo’s recent efforts will be as airtight as their previous releases, and I for one will be anxiously waiting to find out. Comment below and let UTG know if you will be, too.

“Ok. 

Firstly, we kinda, sorta, half-heartedly apologize for not being more forthcoming with updates and news and buzzy type goings on. The truth is, we’re just not that internetly/socially connected. Which doesn’t mean we’re not up to anything…we are in fact working harder than ever on new material, planning new releases and shows, etc. We just aren’t great at keeping you guys up to date on every little thing. As a measure of personal/mental health, we try to spend as little time on the internet as possible. I guess we’ll try to be better with that in the future, but realistically…..we probably won’t. (It’s not you, it’s us).

Also- yes, Crime in Stereo Is Dead and Selective Wreckage were removed from Spotify. We have no idea why. (Spotify still uses a demo-era photo of us from 2003). If we can get it back up there, we will. We have no idea why they were removed, but we’ll see what can be done about getting it back. 

Secondly, we are writing and demoing and actually recording new stuff. We can’t wait to get it out to you. We hope you’re as excited as we are. This is far and away the most time we’ve spent hashing out material in a room together since we did The Troubled Stateside. It feels great to just get in a room and play, and we’ve been enjoying every second of it. As soon as there is something for you to hear, you’ll have it. Promise.

There will definitely be new Crime in Stereo material soon. Whether it’s a full length, or an EP, or a 7″, we’re not entirely sure yet, but we’re committed to getting something out as soon as possible.

And yes, as soon as we have new material out, we will be playing shows whenever & wherever possible. We love playing live. We can’t wait to get back out there and see you all.

Finally, on a sadder note, a longtime friend and fan of the band, Mitchell Kraeling, passed away recently after a long battle with cancer. Mitch and Kristian (himself a cancer survivor) became friends and confidants, bonding over their mutual experiences with cancer, and I know it was a tremendous source of happiness for Kristian when Mitch went into remission, and an equally devastating experience when Mitch ultimately lost his battle. We are incredibly saddened to see him go, and the world is worse off for his departure. 

We will be performing, for the first time ever, an “Unplugged” set at a benefit for Mitch on February 9th at 89 North Music Venue on Long Island, along with our great friends Vinnie Caruana and the wonderful Hostage Calm. It won’t be an acoustic set, but a very stripped down, intimate performance of our songs. We’ve never done anything like this, and we may not again, so please come out and see us, Vin, & HC perform for a great cause on Feb 9th. All proceeds will be going to Mitch’s famiily. May he rest in peace.

Ok. That’s all for now. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, etc, feel free to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. 

Hope all is well. Be good to each other. 

XXXX – Crime In Stereo

Kyle Florence

Kyle Florence is a proud Wisconsinite, a dinosaur enthusiast, and a lover of all things weird and whacky.
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